Well, as February is ending, all I have to say is: Where did the time go? I must say that the students have been accomplishing many great things in the classroom and hopefully after the Kansas State Assessments are finished, we can see the fruits of their labor. More on that in a minute.
In math this week, the students have been working on metric measurement with millimeters, centimeters, and kilometers. We will continue with measurement for the next few weeks including metric and standard length and capacity. Lots of hands-on math activities will be prepared!
In reading, the students finished the second week of reading How My Family Lives in America. They took an AR test and open-book test on Thursday. A spelling test was given last week, so no list was sent home to study. Next week, the students will be reading a story interestingly titled Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong. It follows the same theme as the rest of Unit 5 in our reading books with cultures. This one happens to be talking about Korean culture and moving to the United States.
Now, back to those Kansas State Assessments! In two weeks, the 3rd graders will be working diligently on the reading assessment on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of March 6, 7, and 8. Please be sure that your child is well-rested and well-fed. We would love to see the kiddos arrive on time those days for sure, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed! The third grade is the first year that Kansas has schools administer this ever-important test to validate whether Jefferson West is doing what they need to be doing to ensure a quality educational experience for the community. If students don't show up mentally and physically prepared to take the assessment those three days, it could potentially have detrimental effects on their great test scores.
The state assessment is categorized in five achievement levels from worst to best: academic warning, approaches standards, meets standards, exceeds standards, and exemplary. It is the ultimate goal to have NO STUDENTS achieve academic warning or approaches standards. The more people in the top categories, the greater the chances of achieving Standard of Excellence for our building, thus making Jefferson West the attractive district that it always has been!
Thank you for all you do!
This week has been full of activity! We started learning about solid figures, also known as 3D shapes in math this week. We made great strides and were prepared enough to take an outcome test on it Thursday. On Friday, we did extra practice on solid figures on TenMarks in the computer lab. These scores are used as daily assignment grades, so the students strive to do their best on them!
In language arts, we've started a new unit that has stories filled with world culture. This week, we read a story titled Suki's Kimono. To reinforce this concept on world culture, students did research on Japanese culture. Their studies have been the topic of their blogs. Please be sure to leave a comment on them! This validates why they write blogs, and they sure love reading comments on their blogs, especially if it came from parents or other students!
In social studies, we continued our studies on world cultures. We used this time to continue our research on Japanese culture and write factual, interesting information that we found. Students were then shown how to paraphrase information from expository text, so that they weren't plagiarizing information!
The Valentine's Day party will be Tuesday at 2:40. If your child is passing out Valentine's Day treats/cards, here is a list of names: Max, Thomas, Evan, Brooke, Isaac, Kaleb, Blake, Emily, Thayne, Becca, Jennifer, Braden, Garrett, Gretchen, Sloan, Makenzie, and Connor.
Progress reports for mid-3rd quarter are being sent home today. Please be sure to check over these and sign/return the bottom portion to validate that you did in fact receive the grade cards.
Thank you for all you do!
Well, another full week comes to a close, and so much has been accomplished! As I type this, I am thankful for the precipitation that fell, and I don't even have to shovel it off of my driveway! Yeah for me!
In math this week, we finished an outcome test on increasing and decreasing numerical patterns. We moved in geometry with naming shapes and finding area and perimeter. The students have been getting quite a bit of paperless practice on this concept this week, since most of the examples I have for them to do are in the form of Powerpoint presentations that they either work out on marker boards, or on scratch paper. TenMarks math is continuing to be used on Fridays to reinforce the skills that we learn throughout the week. It works great in the fact that it's paperless, motivating for the students, and it's FREE!
In language arts, we finished Unit 4 with a story titled Fly, Eagle, Fly! We learn about a farmer that catches an eaglet that fell from its nest and attempts to raise it as a chicken. He later finds out that things will become what they want, whether we want them to or not! The eaglet figures out later on that it is, in fact, an eagle, not a chicken. Comprehension tests, AR tests on the story, and spelling tests were given on Thursday. Look for the Family Times sheet for skills for next week's story titled Suki's Kimono from Unit 5. This new unit is filled with multicultural stories. This unit will lead us into the Kansas State Reading Assessments this spring. Wow, time flies!
The Valentine's Day party is scheduled for Tuesday, February 14 at 2:40 in the afternoon. I do not have parent sign-ups for this party, since most students bring Valentine's cards or treats for everyone anyway.
Have a great weekend. Thanks for all you do!